A Big Suprise

How does cocaine affect your body?

Introduction

I was helping my mom set the table for Thanksgiving dinner when the first guest arrived. It was my neighbor, Jackson, right when I saw him, he looked extremely different.

I noticed a change in his facial appearance. I told him, “Wow! You look different.” I noticed that his hair was thinner and messier, and it almost looked like he had small wrinkles on his face. Before we ate, we watched some TV, he needed to go to the bathroom so he walked down the hall into the bathroom. When I sat back I noticed part of a zip lock bag sticking out of his coat pocket that he left on the couch. I pulled it out and unrolled it and saw white, flaky powder in the bag, I immediately wondered if it was cocaine. Cocaine is a highly addictive drug that harms your body in many ways. (Coke- A shorter name for “Cocaine”)

What is cocaine?

Cocaine is a white, flaky powder that a drug addict will inject, snort, or smoke. It is a highly addictive drug that can be expensive and difficult to get in some areas. “Cocaine is a mixture of anesthetic, inositol, sugars, mannitol, and a lot of other deadly chemicals” according to “Cocaine” Cocaine just has a big mixture of deadly chemicals.

How does cocaine affect your internal organs?

Cocaine affects all of your internal organs in many harmful ways. Cocaine cannot only harm your internal organs but it can infect them and cause them to shut down which can lead to death. Failures can happen with your lungs, heart, and kidneys. According to “Addiction and Substance Abuse”, “Cocaine's effects on the gastrointestinal system are also due to indirect effects on the blood vessels.” This means that cocaine can affect your gastrointestinal system and harm your blood vessels. (Internal organs- All of your organs that are inside of you.)

How does cocaine affect the way you think?

Cocaine can cause thinking problems such as memory, attention, problem solving, and use of words. Cocaine can affect your behavior by causing you to do dangerous things without even thinking about it. When cocaine is injected into the bloodstream, it carries it to your brain and can change the way you think. According to “From Leaf to Street”, “Cocaine can cause loss of appetite, sleeplessness, agitation, hallucinations and paranoia are a few of the other symptoms of it’s use.” Cocaine has symptoms that are bad, not like minor ones for medicine. (Hallucinations- Where you see things that are not actually there)

How does cocaine affect your senses?

Cocaine temporarily decreases the need to sleep and the need for food. It can bring feelings of:

1.) restlessness

2.) irritability

3.) anxiety

4.) panic

5.) paranoia

Being high means like being drugged up with bad drugs. If you have some medicine, you've probably been drugged up before. Being drugged up with bad drugs can affect your sight and sense of hearing. Cocaine can cause delays in your senses. According to “This is What Cocaine Does To Your Body”, “Cocaine sparks euphoria and mental alertness, especially to sight, touch and sound.” Cocaine affects your senses by making a person super exited or happy and really aware of the things around them.

Conclusion

I confronted Jackson about it and his mom signed him up for Rehab. Cocaine is a highly addictive drug that affects your body in many harmful ways. It affects your internal organs, thoughts, and senses. Cocaine is a horrible drug and needs to be stopped.

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